‘Rush Hour’ TV Series: Reasons Why It’s unwelcome Compared to The Movie:
There was a small movie called “Rush Hour” that came in 1998. It ended up being an action flick and a buddy cop comedy starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker that had two sequels that are unnecessary. It was not something out of the ordinary, only a sound laugh out loud, “punch ’em” movie that was directed by Brett Ratner, whom Hollywood didn’t forgive for making “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Now, “Rush Hour” is a TV series by CBS and it’s not too good.
The main thing about buddy movies is the leads. The lead actors were excellent in those films.
It does not help that the “Rush Hour” TV series feels very ’90s with all the same cliched tropes, the same type of racial jokes and similar story setup. Ratner probably isn’t helpful. Nostalgia can only require a substance so far and no further. It ought to be held in mind that just a pilot of the show has been released. So the creators, Bill Lawrence, and Blake McCormick (“Cougar Town”) might be playing safe by trying to please fans of the initial film but as a TV series, it has to evolve and be its own thing to achieve success. The world and racial connections have changed a good deal since the 1990s.
The “Rush Hour” TV series deals with Hong Kong detective Lee (Foo), sent to Los Angeles to monitor and bring down a Chinese crime syndicate. He also believes they killed his sister, Kim (Jessika Van). He has to team up with the quick-talking detective Carter (Hires), who has been given the job as a punishment by his supervisor (Wendie Malick) because of Carter’s inclination to break the rules continuously. The story reflects that of the initial 1998 movie quite closely, as it is very clear. As in that film, Carter lacks the patience trust another person and to share an assignment with a partner and wants the glory for himself.
He is not a humorous man. He is primarily serious and composed. Because this is a reboot, after all, these qualities aren’t always bad. Foo is an excellent martial artist, and he reveals that in the pilot episode. However, the action appears very clear-cut and dry, lacking the humour of the pictures. Perhaps a tiny touch of fun will probably be injected in the fights when it begins airing.
Anyway, “Rush Hour” looks derivative. Hopefully, the show’s producers will allow it to be even more exciting in the future, like CBS’s “Limitless.” “Limitless” was likewise based on a successful movie. But, the TV series created an original character and didn’t only use the film’s lead played by Bradley Cooper though Cooper plays have a modest but critical role in the TV show.